Danger Point Lighthouse Open Weekend

Donations Welcome

Thu, 27/06/2024, 10H00 - 14H45

Fri, 28/06/2024, 10H00 - 14H45

Danger Point Lighthouse Open Weekend is a not-to-be-missed event for the whole family. Located on the rugged Danger Point peninsula, just outside Gansbaai, Danger Point Lighthouse is world-famous for its significance in maritime history. Whether you want to look over at the floundering site of the ill-fated HMS Birkenhead troopship, climb the 99 steps to the very top of the lighthouse tower or relax on the green lawns with a little picnic, this is a unique activity. Entry is free for children aged 0 to 10 years old, R10 per person for visitors aged 10 to 17 and R20 per person for those 18 and older. Refreshments will be on sale.

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“Women and Children First!”

The Danger Point Lighthouse first exhibited its light on the 1st of January 1895 and was built on the treacherous stretch of coastline that saw the tragic sinking of the HMS Birkenhead in 1852.

The lighthouse has a white octagonal masonry tower with a red lantern which stands just over 18 metres high. The lantern uses group flashing, three light flashes every 40 seconds, to send its life-saving message out to sea. 

 A memorial on the lighthouse grounds commemorates the brave soldiers who perished when the ill-fated HMS Birkenhead struck an unmapped submerged rock only 1.7 kilometres offshore. That fateful night when more than 450 soldiers stood fast as all the women and children aboard the ship made their way to safety in the few available lifeboats, has been cemented in history. 


Entry Fees

Entry Fees

Entry fees to the Danger Point Lighthouse Open Weekend are as follows:

  • Free for children aged 0 to 10 years old
  • R10 per person for visitors aged 10 to 17
  • R20 per person for visitors 18 and older

Donations are most welcome and an essential part of being able to continue the work done by the event organisers and its volunteers.



Danger Point Lighthouse is a short drive from Gansbaai town centre. 

Directions to Danger Point Lighthouse (from Hermanus)

  • Travel on the R43 from Hermanus to Gansbaai
  • Drive through Gansbaai until you reach the four-way intersection at the industrial area
  • Turn right towards Kleinbaai onto Van Dyk Street for 1.3km
  • Turn right at the African Seabird Sanctuary intersection onto Lord Roberts Street for 2.6 km
  • Turn right onto Kabeljou Street for 2.9 km until you reach your destination



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